SVSEF Events


Janss Pro-Am Classic

We sincerely hope you will join us for our 20th annual Janss Pro-Am Classic, March 30, 31, April 1, 2017. The theme this year is “What’s Up, Doc? Cartoon Classics.”



Held in memory of former Sun Valley Company owner Bill Janss, the Janss Pro-Am Classic* has long held the reputation as the “best party on snow.”

Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities join forces with a celebrity pro to form a team of six; the squads go head-to-head in a dual giant slalom format on world-famous Bald Mountain. Racing is handicapped to give all participants the opportunity to win, whether they are World Cup racers or recreational skiers. The exception is the Janss Speed Cup, given to the fastest overall team after handicapping runs on Friday.

Did we mention costumes? Each Janss Pro-Am Classic event has a theme, and teams are encouraged to dress up and wear their costumes accordingly – on and off the slope. Prizes are awarded for Best Costume (first through third place), Fastest Pros, Fastest Amateurs, Fastest Team, Lee Gilman Most Inspirational, Best Crash, and Championship Team.

Off-slope highlights include a hospitality tent at the base of Warm Springs where we serve breakfast and lunch on both race days, a welcoming cocktail party at Michel’s Christiania, gala dinner at Sun Valley, and après-ski party and barbecue with live music at Headquarters’ Tent at the base of Warm Springs. It is merriment, mischief and magic all rolled into one fabulous three-day event.

*The Janss Pro-Am Classic is held in memory of Mr. Bill Janss. A true renaissance man, Janss embodied the best qualities of the American spirit. He was dynamic, intelligent, fearless and kind and had the vision and strength of character to boldly take Sun Valley Resort to the next level after purchasing it in 1964. Named to the 1940 Olympic Alpine Team, Janss remained a lifetime enthusiast and supporter of skiing and ski racing until his death in 1996. Because of Bill – his attributes, ethos and commitment to our community – the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is proud to host the Janss Pro-Am Classic in his honor.

Golf for Gold Tournament

A summer event to support the endeavors of our Gold Team athletes.

The SVSEF’s Golf for Gold is a resurrection of one of the SVSEF’s original fundraisers, the John Harker Memorial Golf Tournament, staged from 1981 to 1991. The 2014 edition was staged at Bigwood Golf Course with guests of honor SVSEF Olympic Gold Medalists Picabo Street and Kaitlyn Farrington. This year’s Golf for Gold takes place August 16, 2017.

Proceeds from Golf for Gold benefit the SVSEF’s Gold Team, formed in 2005 to financially assist our elite athletes competing on an international level. 2016-17 Gold Team members included snowboarder *Chase Josey (U.S. Snowboard Pro Halfpipe Team), freeskiers *Wing Tai Barrymore and Jacob Beebe (U.S. Freeskiing Team), alpine skiers *Tanner Farrow and *Kipling Weisel (U.S. Alpine C Team), and cross-country skiers Matt Gelso, Rogan Brown, Cole Morgan, Jack Hegman, Mary Rose, Kelsey Phinney, *Annie Pokorny and Deedra Irwin.

The cost is $700 per team or $175 per person for golf and dinner, or $100 for dinner alone. A sit-down buffet dinner featuring fresh Alaskan salmon by the Pride of Bristol Bay and steak by Bigwood Grill and refreshments will be served will be served. Complementary beverages will also be available. Questions? Please contact Jody Zarkos or call (208) 726-4129 ext. 102.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and individual players for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive. The winning team will have their names engraved on the Robert Harker Memorial trophy.

*SVSEF alumni


Olympic Day

Created in 2014, Olympic Day is a way for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation to unite our athletes from all five disciplines together for some good old-fashioned fun as well as celebrate Sun Valley and the SVSEF’s rich Olympic heritage and status as one of 17 official Olympic Training Sites in the United States.

Past attendees include SVSEF Olympians Picabo Street, Sondra Van Ert, Jake Adicoff (Paralympian), Ben Verge, and Reggie Crist, as well as local Olympians Gabrielle Anderson, Jonna Mendes, Greg Randolph and Jon Engen.  The Olympians manned stations while encouraging athletes to try their best.

SVSEF athletes were formed into teams of seven and had to complete a gauntlet of challenges that highlighted teamwork, athleticism and academic acumen from Firehose Ball, Cross the Pond, Archery, Marksmanship, Penalty Shots, Tug of War, Golf Chip, Tricycle Racing, Ski Boot Run, Einstein Trivia and Relays, culminating with an epic pie fight made with Cool Whip and colored powders. After the kids cleaned up, everyone sat down to a fine barbecue manned by our own Ruben Macaya.

The True North Scholarship Award in memory of John R. Kalik was given to three deserving student-athletes – Ben Brunelle, Cooper Dart and Tobias Verheijen. Rising sophomores and juniors in the program were asked to craft an essay based on the question, “What does being a member of ski team mean to you and how has it made a difference in your life.” Due to the generosity of the Kalik Family, the scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and pays half of an athlete’s tuition for the upcoming season. John R. Kalik delighted in joyful fun, transcendence, gratitude and love. And it is in that spirit Olympic Day is held. This year’s True North recipients were Hanna Blackwell, Kirsys Campbell and Noah Leininger.

For a story on this year’s event, please click HERE.


Baldy Hill Climb

A fine fall tradition in the valley is our Baldy Hill Climb, which will take place September 2017.

For a recap of the 2016 Hill Climb, go here.

The running, hiking and biking challenge offers “One Big Mountain, Five Awesome Events.” The course for runners and hikers spans 1.86 miles and 3,140 vertical feet from the bottom of Warm Springs to the summit of Bald Mountain at 9,020 feet.

There are two mountain biking events, the Baldy Bike Hill Climb and Cheeso Double in which competitors complete the mountain bike race and Hill Climb. The bike course is the Cold Springs mountain bike trail featuring an elevation gain of 2,600 vertical feet over nine miles. The Cheeso Double is named in named in memory for the late SVSEF ski coach Craig “Cheeso” Kjesbo.

Truly an event for all ages, the BHC also features a free children’s Kinderclimb for ages 11-and-younger. The course is 300 vertical feet starting at the base of Warm Springs. Everyone receives a participatory ribbon.  All participants receive a T-shirt, access to the summit aid station, lift service and entry to the post-race awards party.

$100 cash prizes are awarded to anyone clocking course records in the running, mountain bike and Cheeso Double divisions. Current course records are held in the racing class by Miles Havlick (35:04 in 2014) and Morgan Arritola (39:53 in 2010). Mountain bike course standards were set by Josh Berry (1:03.31 in 2014) and Brooke Hovey (1:13.53 in 2012). Cheeso Double records were set in 2012 by Michael Tobin (1:41.53) and Brooke Hovey (2:02.34).

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Wild West Game Dinner

November 2017, Limelight Room at Sun Valley

Our roots run deep in the Wild Game Dinner. Originally created as a way for ski team families to come together before the start of the ski season and share the bounty of the fall hunting season, the event has evolved into one of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s largest fundraisers, featuring live and silent auctions, a paddle up, dinner and dancing and a themed video on our athletes and program.

While the Game Dinner has grown in size and scope, it is still a way for our community to come together, share the bounty of the season and celebrate the advent of the season.

We sincerely hope you will join us.

Thank you to our live and silent auction donors who contributed to the 2016 Game Dinner

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